Backpacks with a Purpose Unzips Childhood Hunger in Oklahoma

Backpacks Donated to Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program

(Oklahoma City) – Aug. 2, 2017 – Thanks to Backpacks with a Purpose (B-WAP), for every backpack purchased, two backpacks are donated to nonprofits, including the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program.

“We are very thankful to B-WAP for their continued support of our Backpack Program,” says Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “This past school year, the Regional Food Bank served more than 21,000 chronically hungry students through the program – an additional 3,000 students from the previous year.  Thanks to B-WAP, many of the backpacks were donated so we could reallocate our resources to provide more food for children.”

One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food. Because there is a critical connection between childhood nutrition and cognitive and physical development, even nutritional deficiencies of a relatively short-term nature can negatively impact a child's health, behavior and the ability to concentrate and perform complex tasks.

The Backpack Program provides a backpack of kid-friendly, shelf-stable and nutritious food to sustain children over weekends and school holidays.

McKenna, a fourth grader, looks forward to Fridays when she gets her backpack. “I feel happy whenever I see the blue backpack because it helps me have food,” she said.

To purchase a B-WAP backpack and help fight childhood hunger, visit

Donations made between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 will be matched up to $150,000 through our Food for Kids Match. To make a tax-deductible donation visit or call 405-600-3136. Thanks to the generous match, every $100 donated will support a child in the program for an entire school year.

The Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

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About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 600 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at